Category Archives: From the web

STANDING, Guy, May 24, 2011, “The Precariat – The new dangerous class”

According to Guy Standing, the Precariat “consists of a multitude of insecure people, living bits-and-pieces lives, in and out of short-term jobs, without a narrative of occupational development.” There are many more people in this position in the industrialized world than there were 50 years ago. Standing argues, “The only way to provide sufficient economic security is to do so

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KOTHER, Harald, Mar. 22, 2011, “Basic Income: The Way out of a Sick Society”

IndyMedia.org This article discusses Erich Fromm’s arguments on the psychological benefit of a basic income. Harald Kother writes, “Without the social contract, we become wolves to one another. Without the social contract, the state becomes a trough for the super-rich. Basic income could enable everyone to participate in social, economic and political life. Without vision, the people perish.” It’s online

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SPECIAL ISSUE: “Perspectives on Cash Transfers”

Economic and Political Weekly Volume 46, No. 21, May 21 – May 27, 2011 This special issue contains the following articles on cash transfers: NARAYANAN, Sudha “A Case for Reframing the Cash Transfer Debate in India” YANES, Pablo, “Mexico’s Targeted and Conditional Transfers: Between Oportunidades and Rights VERAS SOARES, Fabio, “Brazil’s Bolsa Família: A Review” BASTAGLI, Francesca, “Conditional Cash Transfers

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MEDRED, Craig, Mar 20, 2011, “All hail Comrade Palin, Hero of the Proletariat!”

Alaska Dispatch This opinion piece revives the decades-old practice of “red-bating. It red-bates Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend and all of its supporters, including Sarah Palin as “socialist.” The author would prefer that the oil companies operating in Alaska not be changed any fee at all for removing the oil from Alaska. By implication, anyone who thinks oil corporations should pay

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BASIC INCOME STUDIES: NEW ISSUE

Basic Income Studies (BIS) has announced the recent publication of one issue of the journal. The contents of the issue is below. BIS issues are available for free sampling at http://www.bepress.com/bis. Click the required article and follow the instructions to get free guest access to all BIS publications. CONTENTS OF VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2 (2010) ‘Behavioral Economics and the Basic

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German Flyers on basic income

All parties represented in German Federal Parliament have been discussing various models of basic income at some point in the past few years. Now two of them, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Die Linke come along with new flyers by their Basic Income working groops: http://www.strengmann-kuhn.de/wp-content/uploads/grünes_netzwerk_ge.pdf http://www.die-linke-grundeinkommen.de/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/FlyerBGE_engl_72dpi.pdf

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